The Holy Spirit is as surely a person, not a force or energy field—He’s the most important person on earth today—there is nothing deeper in the Father than The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God and the spirit of God is holy. It’s the Holy Spirit that tells us what to say when to say it and whom to say it to and when to stop—tells you whom to associate with etc.
The Bible teaches that the moment you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, the Spirit of God—the Holy Spirit comes in and gives us new life. The Holy Spirit is God’s personal presence with us and it’s at baptism when the Holy Spirit is released.
The Holy Spirit is as surely a person
- A person can have intellect—with the intellect – a person can think- know – think – love – understand.
- A person has emotion.
- A person has a will – able to decide – can take action.
The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is never to be referred to as “it.” He is a mighty person, eternal, absolute holiness, absolute purity, absolute righteousness. The Holy Spirit comfort, grieves, reproves, convicts, guides, teaches and fills Christians. The Holy Spirit is God the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit was sent to do the work of God The Father. In John 16:6-11 Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit,
6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
Two symbols from The New Testament are commonly associated with the Holy Spirit.
Illustrations of the Holy Spirit arose from different accounts in the Gospel; the first being at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River where the Holy Spirit was said to descend in the form of a dove as the voice of God the Father.
The second being from the day of Pentecost (fifty days after Passover) where the descent of the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ—and suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting and there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them—and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
- He convicts men and women of sin: “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
- Before we can come to Christ we must acknowledge that we’re sinners. We must renounce our sins. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin.
- He makes us feel uncomfortable.
- He pricks our conscience.
- He gives us the strength and the power to turn from our sins.
- The Holy Spirit lives in us and is our personal counselor. If we ever get away from depending on the Holy Spirit, we will die. Without His power, we surely will fail and fall back into bondage, just like we were before we were saved.
- The Holy Spirit is the one who empowers the followers of Jesus with spiritual gifts.
- The Holy Spirit intercedes (or prays) for believers.
The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus
- The Holy Spirit prophesied the coming of Jesus.
- He conceived Jesus Christ in the womb of Mary.
- He sealed The Baptism of Jesus. Came in the form of a dove when Jesus was being baptized by John.
- Lead Jesus through his testing in the wilderness.
- Jesus ministered through the power of The Holy Spirit. Jesus did everything by the power of the Holy Ghost. Jesus was anointed by and dependent upon the Holy Spirit. God the Father was with Him by the Spirit.
- The Crucifixion – The spirit of God was on him in the crucifixion – he expired the Spirit – the spirit departed before he cried out.
- Jesus was resurrected by The Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit (His ascension was done) took him up.
- Jesus said that I will send you the Promise of Father.
The Holy Spirit in Our Lives
- The Holy Spirit regenerates the believer.
- He lives in us – our body is the temple of the living Spirit.
- He seals us, he is the seal of God—God sends the Holy Spirit as a protecting seal to keep out destructive forces—God wants us to feel secure and safe in his love and power.
- The Holy Spirit adopts the believer.
- The Holy Spirit fills the believer.
- The Holy Spirit is the author of scripture. The Spirit of God interprets scripture takes it and gives it life—brings discernment—you need the Spirit to understand the Bible. The Spirit brings revelation.
- The Holy Spirit guides the believer. Never ever ignore the guidance of the Spirit. He screams at us on the inside.
- The Holy Spirit anoints the believer—the anointing is in you and never leaves you.
- The Holy Spirit sanctifies – He sets us apart or declares us holy; consecrates.
- The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts as He sees fit.
- Provides fruit for the believer’s life.
- Empowers the believer, gives us the power to do what God wants us to do.
Manifestations of the Holy Spirit
There is only one Holy Spirit but many functions. All powers of God comes from one place but everyone who believes in God gets the Holy Spirit.
Baptism begins the process of soaking / you see experience the full power—the Holy Spirit comes alive when you get saved but you are submerged when you jump in and get baptized.
There are 9 gifts that are given by the Holy Spirit as a means to spread the Gospel and to fulfill the mission of the Church, it is Jesus that is to be lifted up, the gifts are not to be commercialized.
Finally, Jesus surely needed the Holy Spirit to do his work, so I’m sure as you can imagine so do we—and that’s why we must seek Him.
The more we know the Holy Spirit the more we know Jesus. Jesus came to save us, he lived on earth for 33 and 1/2 years and he was limited as to what he could do while trapped in a body but when he left to go be with the father, Jesus comes to live in us through the Holy Spirit and to do greater works, anytime, all the time through anyone.
Thank God that Jesus died on the cross and his blood made us clean again. We are now clean enough allowing the release the Holy Spirit—this way greater works can be done, we can speak the word of God, heal the sick and cast out demons.
We are now living in the last days and in the New Dispensation, we no longer have to live by the Laws of Moses, need a High Priest or Pastor but rather we can call upon the Holy Spirit to fix us.
Because God’s spirit is here on the earth when God forgives us and that’s it.
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